Sunday, November 28, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Memorable Moments



* SPOILER ALERT*

Being a huge fan of the Harry Potter books, I've been disappointed in the past by some of the movies. But I've also felt that as we go along the movies have been getting better, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One was no exception. I really enjoyed it!

  • It was really moving when Hermione removed her parents' memories just before she left so that they wouldn't remember they ever had a daughter -- more so than it seemed to be in the book. I'm glad they placed importance on it in the movie; it really was a huge sacrifice she made.
  • The moment in the kitchen when Harry and Ginny are kissing and George sneaks in with whatever-it-was sticking out the side of his head so he can have his breakfast and stare at them. Such a random moment! Loved it!
  • Luna is hilarious. Her completely honest (inappropriate!) comments provide such humour. "Come Daddy, Harry doesn't want to talk to us right now. He's just too polite to say so."
  • When Harry informed Dolores that she was lying and that one must not tell lies, then proceeded to stun the horrible hag. Hee hee hee!
  • The acting of the three main characters has improved tremendously since the first movie. I noticed this especially during Harry and Ron's little showdown just before Ron left them. I could really feel every emotion there... 
  • When Hermione laid a Christmas wreath on Harry's parents' grave, I found that a really touching moment.
  • I loved the way they depicted the Tale of the Three Brothers. It was so not what I expected and yet it was perfect. The animation was superb! Magical!
  • The snake coming out of Bathilda Bagshot's body -- seriously creepy! I knew it was coming and I didn't know how graphic or gross it was going to be so I kept kinda looking away and then peeking through my fingers, waiting for it!
  • The scenery we got to see as Harry, Ron and Hermione travelled around the countryside was quite breathtaking at times. I especially loved the the snowy forest they ended up in after fighting the snake. The one Hermione remembers travelling to with her parents.
  • This wasn't in the book, but it seemed to add something else to the story when Bellatrix cut the word mudblood into Hermione's arm. It brought home just how much the Death Eaters hate anyone who isn't pure blood. The whole Bellatrix and Hermione scene was really quite horrifying.
  • And, of course, I had to blink really hard when Dobby died to keep my tears from falling. J. K. Rowling has incorporated just the right amount of loss into these stories to make us understand that no story can end perfectly happily and that there is always a cost when true evil is involved. Dobby died a hero.

So here's to the treasure trove of memorable moments that J. K. Rowling has left us with at the (almost) conclusion of seven of the most magical stories ever written. Thank you!



6 comments:

Colene Murphy said...

Oh...so wonderful! I was really impressed with this one. Some of the movies were a let-down but this one really hit the spot for me. And you nailed some of the best moments! (I heard the thing in his ear was a toothbrush. I couldn't tell seeing it but that was what I was told.)

The Golden Eagle said...

Resist, I'm telling myself . . . resist! LOL. I'm going to have to wait until I watch the movie, and then I'll come back to read the post. :D

Kirthi said...

Thanks for writing this all in words! I agree so much!!!! Hermione was really pretty, and the parent scene in the beginning was so.......amazingly tear-jerking! The Fred scene was hilarious, the audience in the theater all laughed.
The Bellatrix/Hermione scene was so scary! Hermione was crying so hard and her screams, it was so....bloodcurdling. The movies have taken this serious, grim turn from the happiness of magic. Thanks for the memorable moments!

Marieke said...

I love your post. That's all :)

Abby Minard said...

All so true- also loved the part with the twins and their little "holy" joke too. You can just see that they are actually brothers and love each other. Which will make it all the much harder in the last movie :(

Jenn said...

Totally agree! I also liked the part where Ron was Cattermole in the ministry of magic and really got into character, all worried about "my wife", and Harry had to remind Ron he wasn't married. And then when Mary realized that she was kissing Ron, rather than her husband--way funnier than the book. :)